November 24, 2012

Rabbit Fish Steamed with Tangerine Peel 果皮蒸泥鯭

chinese, Rabbit Fish, Steamed, Tangerine Peel, recipe, steamed fish, 果皮, 蒸, 泥鯭
By Published: 2012-11-24
I've always thought of these little silvery yellow fishes as fishes that should be painted.  So here is my photo version of a fish painting of the delectable rabbit fish otherwise know as the 泥鯭.  This fish is a scavenger fish and can even be fished from the shores of Hong Kong. 

 I know this because I have proudly caught a total number of one of these rabbit fish before (my only fish ever!) and I'm not sure that it even counts because to all appearances the little fish seemed to have thrown himself awkwardly and with firm suicidal intentions onto my hook.  

Nevertheless these little darlings are really wonderful steamed with dried tangerine peel : firm flavorful flesh infused all around with aged citrusy notes.   There is more meat on them than you think.  And less bones than you think.  These fish also make it into another classic southern chinese dish, the rabbit fish congee, or 泥鯭粥.  Yum, yum!